2012 Geneva: Jaguar reveals XF Sportbrake based on famous sporting saloon

Article by Christian Andrei, on March 7, 2012

Jaguar introduces the XF Sportbrake, which is based on the automaker's world-famous sporting saloon. The latest model extends the practicality and versatility of the saloon while retaining the core values of muscular and dramatic elegance, contemporary luxury and a dynamic driving experience. The XF Sportbrake develops on the extensive refresh that the XF saloon for the 2012 model year has received.

This new XF model is entirely new from the B-pillar backwards. It is accented with a very different aesthetic, highlighted by its polished finish and exemplified by the tautly drawn elegance of the side-window line. The XF Sportbrake features a dynamic, broad-shouldered stance, thanks to the conjunction of flowing back window graphic, estate roofline and rising waist.

The design-led strategy that developed the exterior of the XF Sportbrake has been achieved concurrently with the aim of maximizing practicality. The extended roofline provides passengers in the rear an additional 48mm of headroom. The seats come in both an integral ski hatch and a 60:40 split fold function. The load-space opening has a remote-fold lever which enables the seats to be stowed flat conveniently and fast to provide a cargo volume of at most 1,675 liters.

The XF Sportbrake is run exclusively by the range of powerful efficient and refined diesel engines from Jaguar. They drive the back wheels through an eight-speed automatic gearbox. The 2.2-liter powerplant comes with Jaguar's Intelligent Stop-Start system, making it the automaker's most efficient powertrain so far. The 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 comes in two states of tune, with 275PS in the range-topping Diesel S.

When the XF was first launched back in 2008, it gave Jaguar the chance to introduce to the sporting saloon format a model that had a profile similar to a coupe. Thus, it received critical acclaim especially with how it managed to combine a good design, luxury, quality, performance, and dynamics. For the 2012 model year, the brand redesigned the XF for both the exterior and the interior.

The result is the Jaguar XF Sportbrake which not only has the performance qualities of the XF but adds in a new level when it comes to practicality. When it comes to design, Jaguar has long been known to follow the principle of using smooth and continuous flow of lines that make the eyes focus on it and eventually the entire vehicle. This is clearly seen in the XF Sportbrake that exhibits greater presence despite having the same wheelbase as that of the saloon.

The first of these lines is a graceful line that starts in the side air intakes, particularly on the propeller-inspired blades that have been fitted to it. Thus, it results in making the eyes focus on the curve of the lower wing which then continues to the sills and eventually to the bumper in the rear. The second line meanwhile starts on the outer edge of the same air intakes already mentioned and then goes to the edges of the vehicle’s front wings.

After that, it envelops the whole car to give the XF Sportbrake that strong shoulder line. Finally, there is the strong feature line that begins at the grille’s leading edges going over the bonnet and then effortlessly merges just above the roof and to the A-pillars. These allow the load area to be defined better. After that, this feature line goes down in order to shape the slope of the rear bumper and the tailgate.

On the top, the roofline mirrors the polished roof rails, though this is on the discretion of the customer. This gives the XF Sportbrake a powerful feature element while having functionality. The side window graphic the brand is known for is still there though it is stretched further and is more elegant. In addition, this has been extended to the back towards the windscreen in the rear, giving it the look of a tight bowstring.

It is then given a bright and polished finish. The similarities the XF Sportbrake have with the saloon are not limited to the wheelbase as it also sports the same lightblade headlamp technology. However, for the new mode, the grille has not only been made more upright but the bonnet brings with it more purpose.

This allows it to have that rear-view mirror recognition element. The lights utilize the HID bi-function xenon technology. In addition, the daytime running lights make use of LED and have been configured in the signature J-Blade pattern of the brand.

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